Nearly 20% of children in the United States struggled with obesity between 2017-2020 alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At Sunny Hill Pediatrics in Frisco, Texas, board-certified pediatrician Min Jung, MD, understands how obesity affects a child’s physical, mental, and social well-being. He takes a collaborative approach to weight management to ensure your child gets the help they need in a safe, supportive environment. Call the practice today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
Children experience many physical and emotional changes throughout early development and adolescence. Weight gain may not be a cause for concern at first. Many children gain and lose weight as a natural part of their growth and development.
Signs that your child may benefit from an obesity consultation at Sunny Hill Pediatrics include:
BMI compares height and weight to determine whether a child is underweight, average, overweight, or obese. It’s not the only tool Dr. Jung uses to diagnose obesity, but it can be an effective one.
Excess weight strains the respiratory system, which can make breathing difficult. Shortness of breath, wheezing, and heaviness in the chest are telltale signs of obesity.
Children with obesity are at an increased risk of sleep apnea, a chronic condition that blocks the airways during sleep. This condition can negatively affect breathing.
Obesity can cause fatigue, reduced endurance, and joint pain which makes participating in weight-bearing activities difficult for children.
Early intervention improves your child's chances of achieving a healthier weight and preventing potential health complications. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Jung if your child experiences any of the following:
Some children use food as a coping mechanism for mental health or emotional problems. Recognizing the signs of emotional eating can help your child get the professional help they need.
Dr. Jung works with you to develop a healthy, sustainable weight loss plan that may include the following:
Make healthy nutrition and exercise a family effort to encourage your child, set a positive example, and help your entire family develop a healthy relationship with food and exercise.
Call Sunny Hill Pediatrics today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.